Archive for the ‘Reflections’ category

Allah the Exalted Knows Best

By Basimah bint Arthur All praise and thanks belongs to Allah the Most High. He is the Sustainer, the Provider, the Most Wise, the Supreme in Might, the Magnificent, and the Especially Merciful. He is the One to whom all affairs are referred. Glory be to Allah and thanks as great as the number of […]

Two Words

He had never prayed two rak`ah (units of prayer) in his adult life. Born and raised in Egypt, he had continuously heard the athan (call to prayer) and the iqama (second call to prayer) rolling through the streets, calling the believers to prayer, but he had never voluntarily accepted the call. This included refusing to […]

A Moment in Hell

By Shahraiz Tabassam Often, when we hear or read things about hell, about its punishments and torture, even the thought of being close to such a place gives us goosebumps. It troubles our very soul to imagine a place where such punishments exist. But no matter how much we wish such a place did not […]

Don’t Say I Have a Big Problem—Say I Have a Big God: Al-Kabeer

Names of Allah Series:  Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV | Part V | Part VI | Part VII | Part VIII | Part IX | Part X | Part XI | Part XII | Part XIII | Part XIV | Part XV | Part XVI | Part XVII | Part XVIII | Part XIX | Part XX | Part XXI | Part XXII | Part XXIII | Part XXIV | Part XXV | Part XXVI | Part XXVII | Part XXVIII I was in high school reviewing for exams when I received a text message from my aunt. […]

Every Garment Has a Name

By Sadia Kidwai Often when we consider the sunnah (tradition of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, peace be upon him) of clothing ourselves, our minds instantly turn to issues of halal (permitted) and haram (prohibited). At the tip of our tongues are reminders about the evils of silk and gold, the necessity for wearing loose and modest […]

Seeing the World in a Different Way (Part I)

Part I | Part II There are some people who are always able to see the positives in a situation.  Even when they get knocked down, they manage to get right back up again. They are able to do things with a wonderful spirit. The American inventor, Thomas Edison, once said, “I have not failed. […]

Remove “Feminist,” Insert “Muslimah”

By Ubah It seems that as a Muslim woman, if I stand up for any issue regarding the plight of women – such as poverty, education, domestic violence – I am inevitably clumped into the vast, heterogeneous category that is “feminist”. Feminism, in and of itself, is so complicated and perplex that for one to […]

All The Flowers In My Garden Are Dead

A Brief Essay on Faith and Forgiveness By Kashif Ghazanfar Today I met a man.  Red in the face and haggard, his eyes seemed to be made of glass.  Alcohol lingered around him like a ghost.  He confessed to me that he had ruined his heart by drinking; that it was now a wicked and desolate […]

Diving for Pearls

By Rami Koujah A recent encounter with a young girl opened my eyes to a silent, yet seriously disconcerting issue that many young people in our communities face. Almost everyone experiences something similar at some point in their lives; some succumbed to it while others overcome it. Yet for others it remains a constant struggle […]

A Skeleton in the Closet

By Abu Nusaybah When said: “Muslims are terrorists”, we quickly point out the faulty logic in that statement. We know this is not true. We know this idea and statement have harmful impacts. As a result, we oppose it. The argument goes something like this: A, B and C are Muslims. A, B and C […]

Signs of Certainty

By Ahmed Zaafran Certainty. It is what we seek as humans to offset the inconsistencies of our lives. Fortunately, when we experience anxiety due to the unknowns that occupy our minds and hearts, we have the necessary tool, the Qur’an, to navigate us in the direction of providence. Nearly 10 years ago, I began medical […]

10 Steps on How to Change the World

By Saud Inam We all see the depressing stories on TV, in magazines, and in the newspapers filled with heart breaking images and stories from Syria, Palestine and even here in the US with unemployment, civil rights abuses, government inefficiency, corruption and other issues. We also see Islamophobes incessantly bashing Islam and Muslims, and the hungry […]

Reflections on Eid and Ramadan

By Ahmad Luqman Years ago, I went on my first legitimate stargazing outing. My sister was visiting from out of town and one of her friends, who was an amateur astronomer, drove us to an observatory an hour or so outside of the city limits. We had to drive far enough away from the city’s […]

Beautiful Patience

By Adnan Majid By its own admission, the Qur’an contains verses known as mutashābihāt or allegorical – verses with no definite interpretation whose ultimate meaning is known only to God (Qur’an 3:7). Despite this, however, the beautiful imagery of these verses never ceases to inspire us towards a deeper remembrance of God. One such verse […]

I Am Better Than Him

By Dina Basiony “I am better than him. You created me from fire and created him from clay,” (Qur’an, 7:12). Among the most intriguing aspects about the Qur’an is that it constantly urges the reader to reflect, understand and remember aspects about the reality of life. In the aforementioned verse, the reader is reminded of the […]

The Lighthouse

Imagine being a captain on a ship, lost at sea in the midst of dark deep waters. The sun sets and you are left trying to get your GPS to pick up a signal, any signal, to let you know where you might possibly be. As your GPS refuses to work, you begin to think […]

How Faith Influences Health

Reflecting on the Health Benefits of Fasting by Khalil Marcus Lambert, Ph.D. In his famous book, How to Eat to Live, the leader of the Nation of Islam (a conduit through which many African-Americans were introduced to Islam) emphatically states: “There is no way for us to learn the right way to eat in order […]

You’re Haram

“Haram! Haram!”1 I heard a woman shouting from the other side of the mosque.  An all too familiar scene; an individual publicly calling someone else out for something they deem religiously impermissible. In my personal life, as I am sure with many of yours, I have dealt with the worst amount of judgment from some […]

Will you turn away?

No. It just couldn’t be. Rage, disbelief and anguish flooded through his veins. ‘He’s dead!’ he heard someone say. No. That was impossible. “DON’T YOU DARE SAY IT,” he raged, “IT’S A LIE! IF ANYONE DARES TO SAY HE DIED, I WILL CUT OFF HIS HEAD” He was serious. Breathing heavily, he took his sword […]

Wasting Food: A Personal Ramadan Pledge

By Nada Shawish How much of your food goes to waste? In my house, we don’t mean to, but I know that we’ve wasted food, and we’ve wasted too much. According to The National Resource Defense Council, 40 percent of food in the United States goes uneaten—that’s nearly $165 billion each year in food that […]